BSP employs social engineering in Punjab too; has mixed bag of candidates

Set to play a significant role in swaying election results in the forthcoming Lok Sabha polls,the Bahujan Samaj Party is using its social engineering formula in Punjab as well.

Written by Sanjeev Chopra | Patiala | Published:March 14, 2009 2:38 am

Set to play a significant role in swaying election results in the forthcoming Lok Sabha polls,the Bahujan Samaj Party is using its social engineering formula in Punjab as well. Contesting all the 13 seats in Punjab,the party has selected three OBCs,two Jats,two Brahmins and a Bania,besides four SC candidates,in its list of 12 candidates announced so far.

Opening the party office in DLF Colony here today,BSP Punjab unit president Avtar Singh Karimpuri and national general secretary and incharge of Punjab affairs Narinder Kashyap criticised the ruling SAD-BJP alliance and even the Congress for not giving due to Brahmins,Banias or OBCs while selecting candidates for the Lok Sabha polls.

Kashyap assured them their due under the BSP.

The two BSP leaders also criticised the UPA and NDA regimes and called upon the public to give a chance to Mayawati to form a government at the Centre,claiming that she had “both the talent and potential to run a successful government at the Centre”.

The two leaders said,“The people of Punjab have seen both the SAD-BJP government in the state and the UPA government led by the Congress at the Centre — both of which have failed on various fronts.”

“In the past 61 years of rule in the country,while the Congress at the Centre has given poverty,unemployment,terrorism as well as nepotism to the nation,the SAD-BJP government in Punjab had thrown the once-flourishing Punjab into backwardness,” they alleged.

The BSP leaders also tried to woo the youth of the state,calling upon them to vote for change and strengthen Mayawati,who,they said,would strive to remove their frustrations by ending their exploitation and providing them with fresh jobs and opportunities.

Among the BSP candidates from the state include three OBCs – a Gujjar in Kewal Krishan Chohan from Anandpur Sahib,a Ramgarhia in Kehar Singh from Ludhiana and a suniar in Surinder Singh Sahi from Khadoor Sahib,besides a Jain in Nem Chand Chaudhry from Bathinda,a Jat and former police officer in Madanjit Singh from Sangrur,a Jat and doctor in Harbhajan Awla from Ferozepur.

Besides,the BSP’s candidates for Jalandhar are Surjit Singh,a former divisional forest officer; Sukhwinder Sukhi,an ENT specialist from Hoshiarpur; Gurnam Singh Sewak,a retired judge from Fatehgarh Sahib,and two Brahmins in Lt Gen B.K.N. Chhibber (retd),a former Punjab governor from Amritsar; and Deepak Joshi from Patiala. The party is yet to announce its candidate from Gurdaspur,as they are waiting for a consensus candidate from among the Rajput community there.

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